George Henry McKay (MacKay)

Settler of township lots: Lot 8, Conc. 13, Minden (Stanhope area)

Location: Map point is the approximate location within this 100 acre lot running north from Crooked House Road through Hwy 118 west of Town Lot Road.

Land acquisition: 1929 from Edward Cameron. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 20).

Other land: 

  • Lots 8 & 9, Conc. 12, Minden - 1880 Patent from The Crown; 1914 to John Carew? 1917 to David Wesley Cox. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Minden (Images 17 & 19).
  • Lot 7, Conc. 13, Minden - 1911 Patent from The Crown. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Minden (Image 210).
  • Lot 8, Conc. 13, Minden - 1891 from Andrew Barnum. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Minden (Image 210).

Dates of residency:

  • 1891 Birth of Son William Earl McKay in Hindon
  • 1893 Minden Township Directory: G H McKay, Petersons Cors
  • 1896 Birth of Daughter Jennie Irene McKay at Lot 7, Conc. 13, Minden
  • 1903 Business Directory, Minden: G H McKay, Petersons Cor, Lot 9, Conc. 13, Minden
  • 1911 Census of Canada: George McKay and Eldon Bull. At this date, the property was owned by George Fader. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 34).
  • 1918 Stanhope Post Office List: Lot 11, Conc. 9. At this date, this property was owned by William Gartshore
    - Geo McKay, Halls Lake
    - Earl McKay, Halls Lake
  • 1921 Census of Canada: Hindon Page 6, Family 49.

Interesting facts:

The first of the McKays to take up land near Minden was the father of George Henry McKay [George H McKay (1837-1907)] who formerly lived at Wyoming, Ont. That George McKay followed the driving trade [lumber industry] is indicated in an old account book which records his purchase of a pair of driving boots and caulks in June of 1894. His son, Earl, by a first marriage to Minnie Gartshore, was to become one of the most outstanding white water men ever to drive the Gull River. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg.287

On his death registration, he is described as a former farmer and mail carrier.

First landowner: 1866 William Wright

Succeeding landowner: 1929 H A Nesbitt

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

  • George Henry MacKay, b. 23 Feb 1865, Wyoming, Lambton, Ontario d. 18 Feb 1940 Anson. COD: Colon cancer. Buried: Twelve Mile Lake Cemetery?
    • George H Mackay b. 15 Jun 1837, Lanark, Ontario d. 12 Jan 1907, Haliburton. Buried: Twelve Mile Lake Cemetery
    • Mary Ann Taylor McKay b. 1 Mar 1839, Lanark, Ontario d. 7 Jun 1905. Buried: Twelve Mile Lake Cemetery
  • Family 1: Minnie E Gartshore b. 1869, Trenton, Ontario d. 17 Dec 1900, Haliburton. Buried Twelve Mile Lake Cemetery
    1. Earle William McKay 1891- Hindon
    2. Jennie Irene McKay 1896-1976
  • Family 2: Rubina Beatrice Thomas, b. 08 May 1903, Haliburton d. 1972
    • Alfred Thomas, b. 10 Jun 1863, England d. 1929, Tisdale, Saskatchewan, (Age 65 years)
    • Margaret Ferguson, b. 26 Oct 1875, Stanhope, d. 12 May 1912, Minden, Age 36 years)
    1. Ethel Bernice MacKay 1925-1967. Buried: Twelve Mile Lake Cemetery
    2. George McKay

    3. Private

Minnie E Gartshore McKay Tombstone Inscription: IN MEMORY OF MINNIE GARTSHORE, WIFE OF GEORGE McKAY, DIED DEC. 18,1900 AGED 30 YEARS. Buried with parents Robert J Gartshore (1840-1910) and Eliza Jane Rogers Gartshore (1844-1886) and siblings Charles Francis Gartshore (1877-1957) and Milton Gartshore (1886-1919). No record of husband George McKay being buried here.

Image: Canadian Post (Lindsay, ONT), 16 Dec 1898 Blairhampton News